November 20

We make plans … but the Lord decides. PROVERBS 16:9 CEV

George dreamed of joining the Navy, but his mother, who was a widow raising her children alone, didn’t like the idea. Nevertheless she put on a brave face and agreed to let him go. The day he was due to sail he hugged her good-bye. In an uncharacteristic show of emotion she started to cry. After enduring so much heartbreak she refused to endure any more. George must not board that ship; instead he must stay and be strong for the rest of the family. The boy in the midshipman’s uniform wanted a Navy career, but not if it meant adding to his mother’s grief. So reluctantly he returned his uniform and

ordered his belongings ashore. Of all the young men who might have left home in search of adventure and didn’t, he was just one more. Yet his decision had profound influence on the Revolutionary War. A mother’s eleventh-hour anxiety prevented her fifteen-year-old from ascending the ranks of the British Navy and embarking on an adventure very different from the one for which he eventually became famous. That’s because the boy’s name was George Washington, first president of the United States of America.

 “We make … plans, but the Lord decides where we will go.” “The … steps we take COl11.e from God; otherwise how would we know where we’re going?” (Pr 20:24 TM). Henry Blackaby writes: “We can be deceived into believing we are on the right path, yet be heading the opposite direction from God’s will. Apart from the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we’ll do what makes sense based on our own wisdom. So seek [God’s] direction, He knows the full ramifications of your choices.”



Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. 

Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is X-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND patient sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an X-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week, and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?     

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever. 

‚ÄčThe SECOND is a Senior Citizen.